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Sunlight, ventilation and relative humidity all affect the microbiome of indoor spaces. iStock / Getty Images Plus

Buildings have their own microbiomes – we’re striving to make them healthy places

We spend 90% of our lives indoors, and every building has its own indoor microbiome. Can we learn to manage them in ways that support helpful microbes and suppress harmful ones?
U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, center, demonstrates hand-washing to U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, left, and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, right, in Rocky Hill, Conn., March 2, 2020. AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Why hand-washing really is as important as doctors say

As the coronavirus spreads, public health officials stress the importance of hand washing. But can it really make that much of a difference? A microbiologist explains why.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are good for you and your gut microbes. Teri Virbickis/Shutterstock.com

5 things you can do to make your microbiome healthier

For your 2020 New Year's resolutions, think about keeping the microbes that live inside your gut healthy. Look after them and they'll look after you.
Affluent neighborhoods have very different microbes from those in poor ones. Zentangle/Shutterstock.com

Inequity takes a toll on your gut microbes, too

You probably know about the collection of microorganisms that live in, on and around us. But did you know that not everyone in society has equal access to them? That needs to change.
Sweat keeps the human body cool, but why does it stink? AP Photo/Seth Wenig

An artist’s journey into the science of sweat

What is the smell of sweat? An artist recreates the pungent body odor as an art installation.
What are the differences between planned assisted childbirth with midwife at home versus delivery with obstetrician at a hospital? M-SUR/Shutterstock.com

Home birth may start babies off with health-promoting microbes

Evidence suggests that microbes play a vital role in health. But what microbes we get depends whether we were born in a hospital versus at home. That could impact our health decades later.

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